Safety National announced organizational changes to executive and upper management roles today. The following realignment of responsibilities will become effective on April 1, 2018.
Gene Maier, Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, will retire after a successful 33-year career with Safety National. Maier, who has worked in various underwriting capacities at Safety National, is currently responsible for leadership and supervision over the company’s insurance and reinsurance underwriting efforts for all lines of business.
Gus Aivaliotis, Senior Vice President Large Casualty, will join the executive management team, replacing Maier in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer. In this position, he will provide executive management oversight to the insurance underwriting and product development departments in addition to the company’s excess and surplus division.
Tom Grove, Senior Vice President Business Development, will join the executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer. In this position, he will provide executive management oversight to the business development, risk services and communications departments.
Ray Harkins, Senior Vice President Treaty Reinsurance, will become Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Reinsurance, providing leadership over all assumed reinsurance business within the organization.
Seth Smith, Senior Vice President Workers’ Compensation Underwriting, will become Executive Vice President Underwriting, assuming leadership over all other insurance underwriting units within the organization.
Nick Kriegel, Vice President Deputy General Counsel, will become Senior Vice President General Counsel, providing leadership over the legal, corporate compliance and human resources departments.
“I would like to thank Gene Maier for his unsurpassed dedication to the company and pivotal influence on our strong underwriting culture,” said Mark Wilhelm, CEO of Safety National. “This management restructure is a clear result of Safety National’s dedicated commitment to meet the evolving needs of our customers and positions us nicely for long-term growth. We plan to leverage the tremendous expertise that exists within our company to expand our coverage and enhance our service offerings without losing the relationship-based approach to business and top-tier customer service that distinguishes us in the market.”